Critical Issues of the Haiti Humanitarian Response

Michel Gabaudan:
A UNHCR Perspective on the International Response to Haiti

Due to travel delays, Michel Gabaudan will be unable to join us, but we look forward to rescheduling later in the year.

We will still meet and have a great discussion on:

“Critical Issues of the Haiti Humanitarian Response”
Chaired by Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha and introduced by Dr. Gregg Greenough

UNHCR-HAITI Discussants:

“Immediate Health and Public Health Needs of the Haitian Population–the View from a Field Hospital”

Stephanie Rosborough, MD, MPH
Affiliate Faculty,
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

“The Vulnerable Population — Findings of the FXB-HHI Child Protection Assessment”

Brett Nelson, MD, MPH
Affiliate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Co-Director, Program on Children in Conflict and Crisis

“The Evolution of Crowd-sourced Data and Open Platforms for Response”

Patrick Meier, PhD (candidate)
Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Director, Program on Crisis Mapping

This event will still be on Wednesday 10 February at 4:00pm.  We hope to see you there.

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street
Rubenstein Building
2nd floor – Room 219

Monday Colloquium: Fiasco of Agfhan Democracy

Fiasco of Agfhan Democracy: A UN insider’s perspective

Gerard Russell
Fellow
State Building & Human Rights
in Afghanistan & Pakistan

General Gerard Russell was a diplomat with the British Foreign Office for 14 years, heading one of its diplomatic missions and two of its largest political teams in Embassies overseas. He worked in Jerusalem, Baghdad and Saudi Arabia. Between 2001 and 2003 he designed and headed up the UK effort to reach out to opinion in the Arab and broader Islamic world, giving 200 interviews in Arabic to the Middle East satellite media. In 2005 he was adviser to the Iraqi Prime Minister. From 2007 to 2009 he worked in Afghanistan, latterly as a senior political adviser at the United Nations political mission there. He speaks Arabic and Dari.  His particular focus will be on the future of humanitarian intervention, and religious beliefs in the Middle East and South Asia. He is keeping a blog: www.gerardrussell.com.

Human Rights: Rhetoric and Reality

The Monday Colloquium for IGA 304

Hosted by Professors Mathias Risse and Rory Stewart

Starr Auditorium
HKS Campus
79 JFK Street
Belfer Building
2nd floor

Harvard Defenders 1L Summer Internships

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SUMMER JOB? CONSIDER HARVARD DEFENDERS. . .

Harvard Defenders seeks 1Ls interested in criminal defense work for our paid, full-time, ten-week summer program.

This program provides one of the best opportunities available for first-year students who seek a rewarding and challenging experience in criminal defense work.  This is also a great opportunity for students to develop their advocacy skills through significant hands-on learning.

Our summer associates will represent indigent individuals accused of crimes in show-cause hearings before clerk magistrates in the greater Boston area. These preliminary hearings are proceedings held to determine whether there is sufficient cause to issue a criminal complaint.

While it is an asset, prior Defenders experience is not necessary.

TO APPLY: Please submit a resume to Dana Roper at  droper at jd11.law.harvard.edu or Jonathan Tshiamala at  jtshiamala at jd11.law.harvard.edu by Friday, February 19, 2010.  We will contact applicants to schedule interviews.

Prison Legal Assistance Project Summer Internships

1Ls, 2Ls!

LOOKING FOR A GREAT PUBLIC INTEREST SUMMER JOB?

The Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) is offering 3 or more positions for summer 2010.  These are SPIF-eligible positions, and these jobs satisfy the pro bono requirement.

Summer student attorneys at PLAP represent inmates at disciplinary hearings and parole hearings, and assist inmates with other issues such as lost property, outstanding warrants, or medical problems via hotline.  This is a GREAT experience: you pick the cases on which you work, and you work on them from start to finish.  This is a great way to learn valuable skills, including interviewing clients, arguing cases, and writing appeals when necessary.

No prior experience or coursework is necessary.  We are looking for dedicated individuals who have a strong interest in working closely with clients, managing their own cases, and are not afraid to learn.  A DRIVER’S LICENSE IS REQUIRED.

If you are interested, PLEASE SUBMIT A RESUME TO SARAH MORTON AT  smorton at law.harvard.edu BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 .  We will then contact applicants for interviews.  Interviews will be fairly informal and will last for approximately 30 minutes.  Please email Stacey at  skennard at jd11.law.harvard.edu or Sarah at  smorton at law.harvard.edu or call 495-3969 if you have further questions regarding our program.

Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers

The Clinical office is offering a “Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers” non-credit class this spring, aimed at enhancing legal Spanish language skills for HLS students involved in clinical legal practice.  Students should have a strong foundation of the Spanish language.  The class will advance conversation and comprehension skills within a legal context, particularly in public interest law fields.  Applications are due Monday, February 8.  For more information and to apply, visit the clinical website: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/cli…

The 2010 HLS Yearbook is in production—don’t be left out!

There are four ways to get involved:

1.  Get Photographed!
Mark your calendars—photographers will be on campus on March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the Hark main lobby.  Drop by for a sitting in your snazziest business attire. You need not purchase a picture package in order to get your picture in the yearbook, but you DO need to sit for a portrait!

2.  Buy your book!
The yearbook will be full of photos and memories of your time at HLS! It includes portraits of faculty and students, and covers organizations, campus events, Class Day, and Commencement. You can buy your book on line with a credit card, or visit the Journals Office in Hastings to pay with cash or check.  The 2010 yearbook is $75 which includes shipping to anywhere you’ll be this summer/next fall.  You can also purchase both the 2009 yearbook and the 2010 yearbook for $100—this offer is only available through the Journals Office in Hastings.

3.  Upload Photos!
Include YOUR memories of YOUR friends in the HLS yearbook by uploading photographs.  The username is 400008007 and the password is hls (lower-case).  This is a great way to upload group photos of organizations, clubs, and journals.

4.  Submit a Congratulatory Ad!
Congratulatory ads are a fun way to say thank you to your section, organization, faculty, or friends, or for your friends and family to memorialize your time at HLS and to say WAY TO GO!  Click here for more information on creating a congratulatory ad for this year’s yearbook.

Questions?  Email journals@law.harvard.edu.

See you in the yearbook!

William T. Grant Scholars Program

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise.

Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.

The application deadline for the 2010-2011 cycle is July 6, 2010. Awards will be announced in March 2011.

For more information, visit the William T. Grant Scholars Program website.

Criminal Law Student Paper Competition

The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California invites submissions to its writing competition.  Papers pertaining to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California are sought.  Papers should be original and scholarly, between 1,500 and 4,000 words in length, including any citations, and should follow the citation style of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation.

Papers submitted to the Competition must be in Word format and sent by e-mail attachment to each of the Criminal Law Journal co-editors:  Steve Katz ( skatz at da.lacounty.gov), and Lani Biafore ( biaforel at sacda.org).

Prizes will be awarded.  For more information, please see the call for papers.

WLA Conference Save-the-Date & Lunch/Dinner Registration

Please save the date for the Fourth Annual Women’s Law Association Conference – Women for Women: Advocating for Change, which will take place on Friday, February 19th in Ropes-Gray.  The Conference will feature keynote addresses by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, and Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General, as well as three impressive panels.  Please see our website for a full schedule of events.

All events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for lunch and dinner.  Beginning Wednesday, February 3rd you may register for lunch and dinner on our website .

Women for Women: Advocating for Change will be an interesting day and an opportunity to showcase the many contributions of women to others in the courtroom, workplace and community – we look forward to your participation!

Job: Research Assistant

Research Assistant needed for a project on developments in international tax law.  The bulk of the work would occur during February and March, with the possibility for ongoing research after March.  Please send a resume, CV, and statement of interest to  lfaulhab at law.harvard.edu by February 8.

Mississippi Delta Project – Spring Information Session

Interested in engaging in education policy, farmers markets, child health policy, or financial services in the Mississippi Delta? The HLS Mississippi Delta Project is an initiative sponsored by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs designed to engage students in a broad range of projects in the Delta. If you’d like to learn more, come to the Delta Project Information Session on Thursday, February 4, from 12-1pm in John Chipman Gray (Pound Hall) or send an email to  harvarddeltaproject at gmail.com.

February 15 Deadline to Submit Applications for Fall 2010 Semester Abroad

The Semester Abroad Program is a wonderful opportunity for Harvard Law School students to receive a semester of ungraded credit towards the Harvard J.D. degree for study at a law school overseas. HLS J.D. students may study abroad in either semester of their second year or in the first semester of their third year.
Students who would like to participate in a semester abroad program fall term 2010 must submit an application by Monday, February 15, 2010 to: Sara Zucker, Director of International Legal Studies Programs and Events, in Lewis 231, or by e-mail to  szucker at law.harvard.edu.

Application instructions are available on the International Legal Studies (ILS) website:

 http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/deg…

General information about the study abroad programs available to HLS students can be found on the ILS website: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/deg…

Please feel free to direct any questions about study abroad to Sara Zucker ( szucker at law.harvard.edu) or Ben Cook ( bcook at law.harvard.edu).

February 15 Deadline to Submit Applications for Fall 2010 Semester Abroad

The Semester Abroad Program is a wonderful opportunity for Harvard Law School students to receive a semester of ungraded credit towards the Harvard J.D. degree for study at a law school overseas. HLS J.D. students may study abroad in either semester of their second year or in the first semester of their third year.

Students who would like to participate in a semester abroad program fall term 2010 must submit an application by Monday, February 15, 2010 to: Sara Zucker, Director of International Legal Studies Programs and Events, in Lewis 231, or by e-mail to  szucker at law.harvard.edu.

Application instructions are available on the International Legal Studies (ILS) website:

 http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/deg…

General information about the study abroad programs available to HLS students can be found on the ILS website: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/deg…

Please feel free to direct any questions about study abroad to Sara Zucker ( szucker at law.harvard.edu) or Ben Cook ( bcook at law.harvard.edu).

Commencement Speech Competition

Each year at the Harvard Commencement, three graduating students speak to approximately 32,000 students, faculty, parents, alumni/ae, and guests.  As soon as the first anthem concludes, a senior strides to the microphone and announces, Salvete omnes! What follows is one of the oldest of Harvard traditions – an oration in Latin.  Then a graduating senior, followed by a representative from one of the graduate or professional schools, deliver orations in English.  The original purpose of these orations was to defend one’s thesis but, over time, topics have broadened and may now address important issues, current events, or lessons learned from personal experiences at Harvard or in the wider world.

Students wishing to represent Harvard on Commencement morning are asked to view the Commencement Office website at www.commencementoffice.harvard.edu for guidelines on speeches and for details about entering the competition.  The deadline for students to submit speeches electronically is no later than noon, Wednesday, March 31, 2010.  Students whose speeches have been selected by the judges will be notified of the time and place of the preliminary auditions, scheduled on Wednesday, April 14.  Final auditions will take place on Wednesday, April 21.

Speeches should be no longer than five minutes in length.  Submissions will be judged for intelligence, wit, originality, and general significant.  Candidates for the Latin oration should consult Professor Richard Tarrant of the Classics Department, at 617-496-3611.  Please include an English translation with your electronic submission.

There will be an Orators’ Workshop on Thursday, March 4, at 5:00pm in Boylston Hall 110 (Fong Auditorium).  Students interested in learning more about the competition are encouraged to attend.

Prize in each category: $1,000